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Robert "Bob" Arrington

Born and raised in Colorado, I attended schools in Denver and graduated from the University of Colorado. I was honored for academic achievement by acceptance into the Mechanical Engineering Honorary, Pi Tau Sigma. Active in the student engineering societies of ASME and ASHRAE, I served various leadership roles in school and business, and I continued my education, acquiring numerous certificates and qualifications including licensure as a professional engineer in Colorado and Connecticut.

Investments and my own consulting business allowed me to leave corporate management and have the time to develop other interests, including community involvement.

I have publicly served on the Denver Building and Inspection Appeals Board where the Denver building code was administered. I was an engineering analyst for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, where my responsibilities included resolving consumer utility problems.

I have worked as a neighborhood activist in Denver and have been active in neighborhood concerns here in Spring Valley. I have been an active sport official over 25 years and am still officiating high school and middle school volleyball from Parachute to Vail and Glenwood to Aspen.

My wife, Ann, raised on a ranch in Steamboat, and I moved to Glenwood Springs in 1994 to start a new venture with a bed and breakfast in Spring Valley, where we could share Colorado beauty with others. Our daughter, Rebecca, has been an aide, a coach, a teacher, summer-school leader and Project STAR coordinator in Re-1 the last five years and is now teaching at CMC and tutoring high school students.

During Rebecca’s school years, Ann and I were active in Parent Teacher Student Association and School Improvement and Accountability Committees. I served as PTSA president and co-president for six years of middle school and high school and five years of SIAC chair and co-chair. I was co-founder of “Project YES!” at Denver South High that raised and provided funds for school programs designed to achieve academic excellence and lower student drop-out numbers. The funds raised each year were approximately $30,000, and goals were successfully realized.

In this election I initiated the “3Rs Your Way” campaign. So what does it mean?

– The most powerful programs are those programs that are developed and participated in by a consensus of those people affected by the program.

– The involved people have an ownership and recognition in the accomplishments.

– A representative must solicit, seek and provide forums for constituency to contribute to the establishment and implementation of programs that will accomplish the intents.

– The same representative must continually monitor and report to the constituency the status of these efforts.

From Basalt to Glenwood, you have seen a start of this platform with me in your shopping areas, gatherings, and neighborhoods soliciting and talking with you about the school district and its needs. I am working to increase community involvement in the school district that serves the community.

In addition to educational issues, you have seen and heard my intent to go beyond current board efforts to resolve teacher retention, to facilitate more openness, and to welcome the entire community back to the schools!

With the dynamics facing the Roaring Fork area, community involvement is again necessary. I have both learned and developed skills in management, organization, and budgets. Besides knowledge of buildings, construction and contracts, I have experience in educational problems, teacher and classroom needs, community liaison, and education programs.

Please vote for me so I can share and contribute my knowledge, skills and experience by serving on the Re-1 School Board.

” Robert Arrington of Spring Valley, near Glenwood Springs, is a candidate for the Re-1 School Board’s District C seat.

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